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doesntgolf  ·  1119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: November 23rd: What are you reading this week?

Aren't libraries wonderful? I'm in Kuala Lumpur right now and I've been spending a lot of time at the city library.

byonic  ·  1113 days ago  ·  link  ·  


When you say right now do you mean that you're travelling / visiting?

I'm planning to go backpacking / nomading soon, should it be on my radar?

doesntgolf  ·  1112 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been calling it "long term traveling". I'm in Kuala Lumpur for about 2.5 months, then I'm heading to Chiang Mai for ~2 months, then to Phuket and Penang for a couple months, and then home (US). If you're going to SE Asia or you're interested in the area at all, I would absolutely recommend putting KL on your list! It's beautiful, and extremely culturally diverse, not unlike some cities in the US. And it can't be overstated how good (and cheap!) the food is.

What's on your radar right now for destinations?

byonic  ·  1112 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My plan is to transition to full remote work and to slowly travel the world. My plans are pretty vague right now since this is nearly a year down the road. I was thinking I'd start off in western Europe and make my way east.

How is SE Asia for an english speaker?

humanodon  ·  1110 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Certain districts of major cities and tourist attractions will be fine for English speakers who don't speak the local languages, but don't expect much outside of that. I love traveling, but if you have the opportunity it might be worth your while to stay in one locale for longer than a month.

thenewgreen  ·  1111 days ago  ·  link  ·  

humanodon, you have spent time in SE Asia, right? Any advice?

Good luck byonic, that's an awesome goal to have.

doesntgolf  ·  1111 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's exciting! Out of curiosity, are you a programmer? If not, what sorta work do you do?

SE Asia is mostly great for English speakers. Especially if you stay in the city, you certainly won't have any trouble. I travelled through much of Cambodia about 6 years ago, and was fortunate to be with a small group that had people that could translate. But I found out that it mostly wasn't needed. I'm on my own in Malaysia, and I've had the same experience here so far.

I know there's someone else on hubski who's living in Phnom Penh right now doing remote work, but I can't recall who it is. I'll have to look around and see if I can remember.

byonic  ·  1107 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I am a programmer! Though I've heard of authors and bloggers doing similar things.

Thanks for the info, the more I look at the region the more appealing it seems!